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Jo’s Jottings: How could I have forgotten how much I enjoy the cafeteria at Ray County Hospital

By Jo Ellen Dale

Well, I did it again. In my last column I mistakenly named my P.E.O. chapter Psi Gamma instead of CO. Psi Gamma was my chapter in Chi Omega, my college sorority. Just blame it on the fact that I am chronologically challenged. ( Old.)
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I was also reminded that in writing about all the places where I enjoy eating out, I have failed to mention the hospital cafeteria. I probably eat there more times a week than any other place, sometimes twice in one day. I volunteer on Monday at the hospital desk and have breakfast and lunch. Every other Wednesday I keep the hospital gift shop and have lunch. Thursday I join friends who are volunteering for lunch. Their food is always delicious and the price is right. One of my favorite dishes is their spinach souffle, which is as good as any I have ever had anywhere.
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Thursday evening I joined Bonnie Pointer McCalley and her daughter Elise for dinner at “Our Place”. The fish was delicious and the serving more than adequate. Of course, I ate every bite having been taught as a child to clean up my plate.
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Saturday evening I went to the Democratic dinner and rally at Eagleton Center. The keynote speaker was Mary McCaskill, sister of Claire who is a candidate for senator. Following her talk other county candidates and past legislators were introduced. The dinner was sumptuous with meat provided and dozens of carry-in dishes brought by those in attendance.
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Before the Homecoming game on Friday, Sept. 28 there will be a Wall of Honor Tailgate Dinner at Tom Adams Field at RHS, which will be catered by the Richmond All Sports Club. The honorees announced by the Richmond Education Foundation are Jerry Cole, Terry Dickey, Jill Blair Jones and Coach Ken Simmons. Tickets for the dinner may be purchased in advance. Dinner is at 5:30 and the presentation will follow at 6:30.
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Last Friday, I was happy to have lunch and a visit with my son, Chuck. He is so busy that it is always a special occasion when he can come. We celebrated his 56th birthday as he will not be able to come next week on the actual day. He went from here to Columbia to spend the weekend with nephew Jeff, who is my youngest grandson.
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Saturday I volunteered at the Farris Theatre Friends Gallery, where Linda Emley had arranged a display of all the postcards which she uses as a basis for her column in the Richmond News, “If Postcards Could Talk”. Not as many people as I had hoped came, and I would like to emphasize that during “Outlaw Days” there will be many interesting things at the Gallery which will be well worth you time to see and hear, including old-time photos (with costumes) for just $5.
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Sunday evening the P.E.O. sisterhood put on a social dinner for members and guest at the 19th Hole restaurant. Bonnie McCalley, her daughter Elise and I went together. As always the food was very good and the fellowship delightful. Rev. Don Smith was speaker for the evening and he had obviously done his homework. He traced the history and purposes of P.E.O. from its small beginnings to the impact it has today internationally. With his sometimes humorous delivery, he kept the rapt attention of all those present.
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I am looking forward to another fish fry to be held by the Masonic Lodge next Saturday. I am especially fond of their fish and as I have remarked before that Allen White, a former student of mine is kind enough to fix sweet potato fries or chips for me.
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This coming Friday I am invited to a reunion at noon of the Class of 1952, the first class that I taught in Richmond. It will be held at Jeffery Kyle’s restaurant  and I am eager to see how many are able to come. This class is special to me because during the year I learned I was expecting my son Dick and my classes got together and threw a baby shower for me. That year I was teaching English, Spanish and French. I have fond memories of all the students whom I taught in Richmond. They were and will always be “my kids”.
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One Response to Jo’s Jottings: How could I have forgotten how much I enjoy the cafeteria at Ray County Hospital

  1. Glendell (Swafford) Ambrose

    September 20, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    I really enjoy reading your articles in the News. I graduated from RHS, class of 1953. Earl Dale was in my class. Are you related to him?
    Also, I am looking for a copy of the Echo for 1953 as I lost all of my Yeaarbooks in a move. If you know of anyone who has one available, please give them my address. Thank you. Keep up the interesting columns. Tell Billie Hamann “hello” from me.

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